Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Slavery and Politics: Brazil and Cuba, 1790-1850

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Slavery and Politics: Brazil and Cuba, 1790-1850

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Slavery and Politics: Brazil and Cuba, 1790-1850. By Rafael Marquese, Tamis Parron, and Marcia Berbel. Translated by Leonardo Marques. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 362. Paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8263-5648-2; cloth, $95.00, ISBN 978-0-8263-5647-5.) In Slavery and Politics: Brazil and Cuba, 1790-1850, Rafael Marquese, Tamis Parron, and Marcia Berbel examine the history of slavery and politics in Brazil and Cuba from the 1790s to the successful suppression of the transatlantic slave trade to Brazil in the mid-nineteenth century. Originally published ten years ago in Brazil, the text was translated to English by Leonardo Marques, with funding from the Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo.

In four chapters, this work explores the proslavery arguments and strategies that supported the political agendas of Cuban and Brazilian slaveholders and how these designs were affected by events such as the American and Haitian Revolutions, the advent of British abolitionism, and the expanding global market for tropical produce. …

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